For the purposes of our bird news services, this species is classed as Common: common species, including species that are certain or probable escapees from captivity when occurring in the British Isles. (Note that rarity levels are currently applied nationally and may not reflect local variations in abundance.)
Pochard breeds in the following countries (Bird News Extra subscribers will see population statistics and information on trends for each country, and a map of population densities):
Albania Armenia Austria Belarus Belgium Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland France Georgia Germany Greece Hungary Ireland Italy Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Macedonia Moldova Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania Russia Serbia and Montenegro Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland Turkey Ukraine
WeBS counts highlight a decline in wintering wildfowl. read on
Pochard, Canvasback and Redhead: Identifying females and juveniles
Friday 30th September 2005
Identifying female and juvenile Canvasback and Redhead is fraught with difficulty due to eliminating Pochard. Martin Garner offers a cutting-edge insight into what to look for when faced with a potential vagrant Aythya in 'brown' plumage.